Category Archives: Affirmations

Struggle To Find Yourself



by Edgar Guest

I have to live with myself, and so,
I want to be fit for myself to know;
I want to be able as days go by,
Always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don’t want to stand with the setting sun
And hate myself for the things I’ve done.
I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf
A lot of secrets about myself,
And fool myself as I come and go
Into thinking that nobody else will know
The kind of man I really am;
I don’t want to dress myself up in sham.
I want to deserve all men’s respect;
But here in this struggle for fame and pelf,
I want to be able to like myself.
I don’t want to think as I come and go
That I’m for bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me,
I see what others may never see,
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself — and so,
Whatever happens, I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience free.

Definition of “Pelf” – Money, Riches

Example of using pelf –  “a politician who seems more interested in pelf than in policy”

Once we resolve this issue with ourselves we attain true freedom. Edgar said in the one line, “I want to deserve all men’s respect;”. This is my goal, not for everyone to like me, but to command respect of my fellow man by my actions.

For to have someone like me I must play to their emotions. Which will change depending on so many factors in our daily lives. The weather, amount of sleep, hunger, stuffed, a death in their family, bad grades, stuck in traffic… The list is endless of the things that will effect another’s mood. I have no control over these events in another’s life. Not to trivialize my behavior, but the person I am trying to get to like me may have had some tragic event happen and I do some little thing and they seem to be blowing it way out of proportion. Then I am put in a bad mood. Questioning my self worth.

I hold myself to a set of standards that I can look in the mirror and say to myself ” I did the best I could today and that is enough”,  Then I will have the respect of everyone. Even the ones who do not like me or agree with me.

This every man can achieve.  Regardless of where he finds himself. He can stand in full view of everyone with nothing to hide.

“I see what others may never see,
I know what others may never know”

These things are ready to let others see, the price they pay to see is their present pain, which their view of this part of my life will ease their pain and give them the strength to stand strong and continue on.

You Decide

You’re the person who has to decide

whether you’ll do it, or toss it aside.

You’re the person who makes up your mind

whether you’ll lead, or will linger behind.

Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar,

or just be contented to stay where you are.

         -Edgar Quest 1881-1959-

We are taught from the start that outside circumstances control our outcomes in life. To keep us from the feelings of failure, they taught us to be grateful for what you have or where you are. This is true. It is the way that it was presented to us. They would usually pick some person in a third world country. This person would be starving, thirsty, dying from some disease, or in slavery. Another persons pain never gave me any gratitude for my present circumstance. Today I know they meant well.

I would feel empathy for the other person, not gratitude. What a confusing time in my life. To know the truth, yet the adults in my life where teaching me something I knew was not true.

We were also taught some people were meant to be poor and some were meant to be rich and God picked who they were. So if you are poor it is meant to be and God loves the poor person more then the rich. Some even went so far as to say that the rich were evil. This I new was also a lie.

After years of being indoctrinated into this way of looking at life, when I became an adult I continued in this confusion. I just fought the thoughts. Finally, I started to put new thoughts into my mind. This needed to be done repeatedly, to push it into my subconscious mind. Over time the new way of thinking has changed my life.

I am always retraining my mind, that is why I brought you this poem today. This poem is the way I choose to think. I am in control of my thoughts and actions. If I am in control of my thoughts, I am in control of my destiny. This I am grateful for, but I will strive for more today. Because I can not maintain an attitude of gratitude on yesterdays accomplishments.

The best way to learn something is to teach it.

Follow Your Heart MP3

Follow Your Heart

Here is a song Follow Your Heart that has helped me stick to my dreams. Very simple lyrics on your heart speaking loud enough for you to hear it and knowing the difference between defiance and your true path.

The song  Follow Your Heart was written by Steve Black. I have the CD for about 15 years. I could not find a You Tube clip to put here. You can listen to the audio and follow the words.

Album – Time Passes
Follow Your Heart by Steve Black

Momma said son too young to get married
Too young to get married
Wouldn’t you know I didn’t listen to my momma
Now I’m still married
Was 25 years ago

Now I ain’t saying
Don’t you listen to your momma
Better listen to your momma
Most times she knows

But there comes a time when your heart talks louder
Gotta follow that heart where ever it goes

Poppa said son put down the hammer
Go back to college
Wouldn’t you know
I didn’t listen to my poppa
Still got the hammer
Me and the hammer built the life I know

Now I ain’t saying
Don’t listen to your poppa
Better listen to your poppa
Most times he knows

But there comes a time when your heart talks louder
Gotta follow that heart whenever it goes

Devil said son put down the fiddle
can’t play the fiddle
Your hand is broke
I didn’t listen to the devil
Still got the fiddle
I fiddle all night
And the devil can choke

Now I’m telling you straight, don’t you listen to the devil
Don’t you listen to the devil
He’ll steal your soul

Well If you listen to your heart and you know I’m right
You can follow that heart where ever it goes

Now the good lord said, don’t you worry about the money
course I worried that money right off my door
Still I worried myself until myself got sick
And I didn’t get better until I listened to the lord

Now all I’m saying is listen to your heart
Really listen to your heart
It knows what’s right

Well it’s the moments easy and the following’s hard
Gotta follow that heart through the darkest night

Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart – It is yours, so it should be the one you follow.

Good affirmation in the form of a song. Go out and follow your heart where ever it goes. Follow your heart, it is your heart, not someone else’s heart. They should not want you to follow their heart’s desire.

Living the way I want, doing what I want is not selfish. Wanting others to live the way I want is selfish.

Right now is the time to start to follow your heart. See you on the road to your heart’s desire.


Money Is Just A Sign Of How Much Service I Have Provided.

Affirmations are a major part of changing your mental diet. Most of us have been conditioned to think money is evil. Yet we spend most of our time trying to get as much as we can. It is the american dream to become rich, but as soon as someone accomplishes this we start to demonize them. Talk about mixed messages. Is it any wonder most of us do not trust adults. Like the American Indians say “White man speak with fork tongue”.

” Money is just a sign of how much service I have provided”.

One of the tools you will need from now on will be index cards. You will get an affirmation each week to say to yourself. Write the affirmation “Money is just a sign of how much service I have provided” on the index card. Carry this card with you. Pull this card out whenever you get the urge to count other people’s money. Say the affirmation as many times as it takes you to get yourself centered on the positve.

The way you think about money needs to be changed. Keep track of all the thoughts you have about money this week. Do not pick and choose if it is a good or a bad thought. Just write them down. We can inventory the thoughts later. One thing at a time.

We are taught a lot of misconceptions about money. One of the biggest is Money is the root of all evil. How can an inanimate object be evil? How can any object make us do anything? Who thaught us about money?

If you decide to take this task on for the next 7 days, it will not be an easy week. You can email me for support with your personal struggles with this issue. If you have an affirmation that helps you with money issues, write me and let me know what it is.